The Fortnite Coachella collab doesn’t sound real, but it is. The music and arts festival meets the ever-expanding battle royale from now until May 16 with an exclusive radio featuring over 30 artists that are part of Coachella 2022. In addition, themed items are arriving to the Item Shop in waves, which include outfits that react to in-game music and a cool guitar.
The new radio, fittingly called Icon Radio, features artists such as Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Doja Cat. All you have to do is jump into any vehicle and tune in while you’re driving or escaping from the tanks of Chapter 3 Season 2. The inclusion of Billie Eilish in particular is interesting, given that people online began theorizing about she being the host of a new Fortnite concert after a tweet from Donald Mustard, chief creative officer at Epic Games, where he posted a picture of Eilish show. Nothing has been confirmed, but hey, you can at least listen to her to some degree now.
As for the Fortnite Coachella items, the first wave is going live on April 14 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, which includes the Wilder and Lyric outfits, each with a few accessories to match. You can get your hands on the Wilder Outfit (includes the Finfin back bling), Lyric outfit (includes the Swaguaro back bling), Neon Biter pickaxe, Festival Shredder pickaxe, and Finfin Flai wrap individually or together as part of the Rocking at Coachella bundle.
Beginning April 21 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, the second waves includes the Alto and Poe outfits, which are also music-reactive. The Alto Outfit (includes the Sonic Vibes back bling), Poet outfit (includes the Cosmonautic Helmet back bling), Softest Electropalm pickaxe, Cactical Crusher pickaxe, and Mainstage will be once again available individually or as part of the Dancing at Coachella bundle. Unlike the Rocking at Coachella pack, this one has the Enter the Coachellaverse loading screen as an extra goodie.
I’m a sucker for for the idea of having outfits reacting to in-game music — I’ve always been fond of rhythm games, so the prospect is exciting to say the least. That being said, I really hope this collaboration manages to integrate music much more seamless to the overall experience. It doesn’t make much sense to have the outfits and accessories reacting to songs only when you’re inside a vehicle, so fingers crossed for any surprises on that regard.
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All in all, the Fortnite Coachella collab is intriguing and, as one could argue, not that surprising. Also, don’t forget that Epic bought Bandcamp not that long ago, so I’d bet that this isn’t the last time we’ll be seeing a new song or two added to the in-game radio. You can already listen to both The Weeknd and Foals, so really, the sky is the limit.